It is necessary to check regularly if ticks have not taken up residence on the body, head and tail of your dog because this mite can transmit various very serious diseases to him. Let’s see how to safely remove a tick to protect your dog’s health.
Tick: the diseases it can transmit to dogs
To avoid seeing your dog get sick from a tick, it is essential to inspect it when returning from an outing. This allows the tick to be removed without delay because it can transmit:
- The borreliosis, equivalent of Lyme disease in humans, and which can cause enormous damage to the health of the animal,
- The babesiosis also called piroplasmosis which can be fatal,
- A transient paralysis or ascending tick paralysis, due to a toxin.
If the dog ingest tick, he is at risk of suffering from a parasitic disease called thehepatozoonosis canine.
Anti-tick hook to remove a tick from your dog: the best solution
No question of making your dog run the slightest danger. It is therefore necessary to remove all of the tick. This consists of checking that his oral organ has not stuck to the dog’s skin. Ideally, we use a handy little accessory that costs only ten euros: the tick hook. The instructions for use are as follows:
- Start by settling your dog in peace,
- Part the dog’s hair well in order to free the tick,
- Insert the hook between the dog’s skin and the mite,
- Make several turns of the hook as if you were screwing without pulling on the tick, this one having to unhook itself after a few turns,
- Check that all of the mite has disappeared,
- Enclose the tick in a piece of scotch tape so that it is completely trapped and throw the whole in the trash,
- Only after removing the tick, sanitize the affected skin area exclusively with a disinfectant lotion for dogs,
- Disinfect your hands using a hypoallergenic hydroalcoholic gel for example.
Repeat the operation in the same way until the complete elimination of all ticks.
Some people prefer to entrust this task to a pharmacist or veterinarian. Why not ? The main thing is to act quickly and well so that the tick is safely removed and the dog’s health is saved.
There are products marketed in pharmacies and suitable for canines in the form of anti-tick lotions. They are applied directly to the mite which does not resist since it dies in just a few hours.
To limit the risk of finding ticks in your dog, it is possible to act preventive title. You just need to ask your veterinarian for a specific prescription in order to have the product best suited to your dog. This preventive treatment must be renewed regularly in order to remain active. This does not exempt you from checking your animal each time you return from a walk. But under no circumstances should we administer to the cat in the house an anti-tick product prescribed for the dog because it can be fatal for the small feline.